Inside every smartphone is a processor, but unlike your desktop or laptop computer, it’s not a single, discreet chip. Instead, smartphones employ something called a “system on a chip”, or SoC for short. Over the years these chips have gotten smaller, faster, and have incorporated more features and functionality. This time around it’s the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm that’s caught our eye.
Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed to deliver amazingly fast apps, stunning graphics, all without sacrificing battery life. If that sounds like every other SoC [...]
At first we thought the Japanese were just lucky to be getting a 2GB version of the Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Then we found out that the Canadians were getting one and we had to scratch our heads.
Sure, there’s a trade-off. For the extra RAM it looks as if you’ll have to drop from a quad-core Exynos chip to a dual-core Snapdragon S4. This raises a few questions…Do we need 2GB RAM on our smartphones?
There’s a fine line between “want” and “need”. We covered that in a previous article, so we won’t go into it here. [...]
If the rumors we’re hearing today about smartphone delays are accurate, we’re going to be looking at a lot of handsets coming out quite a bit later than we’d like. We just looked at Nokia’s Lumia 900 and the theory that it wouldn’t land at AT&T until late April. That was bad enough, but this next rumor has the potential to affect a whole lot more smartphone customers.
Supposedly, semiconductor manufacturer TSMC in Taiwan abruptly halted fabrication of chips made with a 28-nanometer process sometime last month. The details on just why it may [...]
The Sony Xperia X10 is an Android device that has been available in Europe for some time already. It has received a fair share of both praise and criticism since its original release date. Now, the X10 has finally made its way stateside, with AT&T. With only three Android phones to choose from, AT&T could certainly stand to gain by adding to their selection. Is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 a worthy addition for AT&T? Read on below to find out!
Here’s the unboxing for the Xperia X10. The box comes packed with just about everything [...]
Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users’ ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5″ screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out!
Here’s the unboxing of the Dell [...]
Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you’ve seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it’s time for Part 2 of the software overview.
In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times.
You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom [...]
So far, we have unboxed and taken a look at the presinstalled softwware on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We now take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’s hardware. The 4″ capacitive touch screen makes navigation through the user interface a breeze. 4″ seems to be a very happy medium in terms of screen size-it’s not too small and difficult to use and it’s not too large and hard to hold. Powered by a 1GHz processor the X10 stays current with its competition and shows little to no slowdown. The X10 comes packed with a 1500mAh battery that Sony claims [...]
Next up, we scrape the surface on the software that makes up the Xperia X10. Unfortunately, with Android 1.6 preinstalled the X10 is slightly behind the 8-ball. Sony has stated they will be upgrading the device to Android 2.1 in late September, but there is no word on 2.2. Sony has however included two custom applications on the X10 that each serve a useful purpose. Timescape is an application that aggregates the users social networks into one common area. There is also a Timescape homescreen widget for added convenience. Mediascape on the other hand, brings pictures, videos, and music [...]
Will I get belittled ten years down the line (or more likely, five minutes from now) for arguing that smartphones have nearly reached their pinnacle, feature-wise? Probably. But like Bill Gates and his famous (though most likely misattributed) 1981 quote about 640KB of program memory being all the world will ever need, I’m willing to set myself up for a possible ruthless mocking, simply for the sake of stoking a spirited discussion.
So here goes: while not all high-end features have reached each and every smartphone, on a feature-by-feature basis, we’re currently at [...]
A great feature with Android is the ability for device manufactures to implement their own “skin” to work in their device(s). We’ve seen this in the form of HTC Sense on HTC phones, and, Dell has also followed suit with the release of the Dell Streak Android Tablet. In Part 1 of our Software Overview on the Dell Streak, we showed you Dell’s custom interface.
Well, now it’s time to run some tests and check out how a few highly used apps perform on the Dell Streak. First, we check out how fast the YouTube app loads. Next, we look at how well the [...]
We now get up close and personal with the Dell Streak to take a look at its hardware. With its 5″ Gorilla-Glass screen, the Dell Streak has taken a great deal of both positive and negative criticism. The larger than average form factor could make the phone cumbersome and difficult to use. However, it could also increase the users efficiency by allowing them to type faster and more accurately on a larger keyboard, and also allow more widgets and shortcuts to fit on the screen.
The Streaks 5″ screen has a 800 x 480 resolution and is equipped with a 1Ghz processor and [...]
We recently kicked off our series on the Dell Streak Android Tablet with an unboxing video. We next follow up by taking a look at the custom interface system that Dell has implemented with this device. The typical notification bar on Android devices call for a downward swipe and only includes information such as new email, missed calls, text messages, etc. Dell has taken this a step further by also adding connectivity options, a favorite programs list, and the ability to add “rooms”, or homescreens all to the top bar. The Streaks 5″ screen also gives the user much [...]
Previously you heard from Joe Levi on why he uses a Nexus One as his daily driver, and from Brandon Miniman on his choice of the iPhone 4. Now I’d like to tell you why it is the EVO 4G that can be found in my pocket each day.
As someone who has a huge weakness for anything new in the tech world, I’ve owned many phones over the past few years. Some of these devices were mine only for a very brief period. I found myself switching phones every month or two, until I landed on the iPhone. However, I recently left the iPhone behind so that I could enter the Android world. [...]
In part 1 of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S we scratched the surface of the software performance of each of the two devices. In our hardware comparison video we gave you a look at the differences and the similarities of the hardware specs and size each of these two devices features.
In part 2 of our software comparison, we finish off our coverage by taking a look at the YouTube application, game play performance, virtual keyboard, and general navigation through the home-screen system.
The YouTube application seems to load faster [...]
Part one of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S featured a browser test and a look at the overall speed in general navigation as well.
Next up is our hardware comparison. The HTC EVO 4G features a 4.3″ LCD screen and the Samsung Galaxy S is equipped with a 4″ Super AMOLED screen. While Super AMOLED does certainly look better, typing on the virtual keyboard is somewhat easier on the EVO’s bigger screen.
The HTC EVO 4G initially received a lot of attention as one of the first devices to feature a Micro HDMI out port. [...]
The CPU (Central Processing Unit) of computers has undergone a lot of changes since the early days of desktop PCs. Today, your choices include any of a number of AMD or Intel processors. These processors are serving more and more functions which used to be handled by separate chips (CPU; ALU; Memory Controller; L1, L2, and L3 Cache). Combining functionality into fewer and fewer chips reduces cost, power consumption, and overall heat — all things desirable on a mobile platform.
Mobile processors are undergoing the same transformation. Today the race is between [...]
With Intel putting pressure on the mobile chip market, Qualcomm is said to have shipped its dual-core Snapdragon, an ARM-based solution, to HTC to utilize in its next-generation smartphones. According to Android and Me, the significance of Qualcomm’s dual-core offering would be “Each enhanced core runs at speeds up to 1.2GHz and they are made with the new 45nm process technology for ultra-low power consumption. Additional features of the third-generation Snapdragon include support for HSPA+ networks, a more powerful GPU, 1080p video encode/decode, and support for 24-bit [...]